Video Storytelling Part 2: Video Storytelling with Interviews, Images, and Sound
VIDEO STORYTELLING WITHINTERVIEWS, IMAGES AND SOUND May 2, 2012
Introduction Activity Let’s go around the room and share with one another our: Name Organization we work with An interesting thing you might not know about me
Agenda• Welcome and Introductions• Using Interviews for Storytelling• The Art of Storytelling• Interviewing Best Practices• Capturing Interviews• Editing Basics• Screen Videos in Progress: Reflections on Process• Upload Your Videos Online
Using Interviews for StorytellingInterview: from entrevue-to see one another,face to face, exchangeinformation between• A vessel that contains important information and much of the story• Combined with other elements
Can be used to set up or give depth to a storyIs arresting and compelling when combined with other elementsThe interviewee can help you tell the story, but they don’t always have to be the primary storyteller
“Talking heads‖ : characters in your storyPrimary characters: the main person/s the story’s about – you’re seeing the world through their eyesSecondary characters: support your story, provide expert perspective, offer other points of view
How they can be used to enhance the story ratherthan make it boring or dry?How can it help captivate viewers to the story orsubject?How to convey a powerful message?
The Art of Storytelling Making a connection Communicating emotion, meaning, what happened Stories can compel change, new perspectives, action
Richard Koci-Hernandez and “Visual Storytelling” Stories are a powerful currency in our world right now Some of the best storytelling around is on radio Ira Glass on Storytelling: the power of the anecdote and moments of reflections
Holly Minch’sSix Stories Every Organization Can Tell Nature ofHow we got Emblematic our started success challenge How we’rePerformance Where we striving to story are going improve
Elements of video storytelling: Dramatic theme,Mix of shots, Character question, ideaangles s PhotosMusic Point of view Graphics Gift of Emotion Voice alNarration content Voiceover Movement Pacing Sounds
Research and prepareKnow your subject and your interviewee
Prepping YourInterviewee:-Clothes to wear-General description ofconversation or sendquestions ahead?-Interview logistics
Activity:Role Play 3 volunteers Interviewer, interviewee, and camera operator Ask a few questions! What was that like?
During the Interview Framing and eyeline Lighting and sound Interview techniques Remember to get B roll, pictures, documents, etc. on site Also get consent, media releases signed
Framing interview shots- Subject faces slightly left orright of camera- For more immediate, ―directly engaging the viewer‖ can have subject look into the camera- Want to see both eyes- Check eyeline—not too high or low, too far right or left- Mid shot to medium close up usually- Use wider shots to establish context, place- Wide to med close up best for factual, informational- Shots tighter, closer better for personal/emotional content
Lighting tips:Indoors-When using existing lights; aim for not mixing sources- Make sure there’s enough lightOutdoors-Use the sun as a key light-Use a reflector to balance shadows if you need to
Sound tips-Check for distracting sounds in your location-Shotgun and lav mic as options-Prep the location-“taping in progress”-Remind all “crew” tobe quiet during taping!-be aware of anyof your “ums,uh huh, right”
Shooting for the edit tips:-if interviewer on screen, be sure to 1) capturereaction shots of the interviewer listening,nodding their head, etc. and 2) videotape theinterviewer asking questions (before or after thetaped interview)-vary framing-get room tone!
Connect With Your Subject Gain their trust Establish rapport Be respectful of the vulnerable position they’re in
Put the SubjectAt Ease Make them comfortable Talk casually during set up Establish a relaxed spirit
Be Aware Of Your Own Presence as an Interviewer Are you making eye contact? Do you have any of your own quirks to be aware of?
Be An Active Listener―Active Listening is a Way of Listening that focuses entirely onwhat the other person is saying and confirms understanding ofboth the content of the message and the emotions andfeelings underlying the message, to ensure that understandingis accurate.‖
Interview Style for the Edit: Do you want your own voice in the video? Prep interviewee for how to answer questions if you will not Avoid closed questions Use open ended questions
Style of Questioning Avoid leading questions Be as specific as you can Don’t get too technical or use lots of jargon Keep it simple
After the Interview Did you get what you needed? Reshoot, gather more b-roll, other elements if needed Say thank you for their time! Stay in contact with next steps-when the video is screened, goes online, is shared, etc.
Anything to note?Take a couple minutesand jot down a tip thatwas really helpful ORWrite down somethingyou’d like to learn moreabout
Editing Basics• We’ll have two breakout groups for PC and Mac users• You’ll work on learning the basics of editing with interviews, photos with captured footage• The footage you’ve gathered today will be perfect to continue honing your new editing skills after the class and in the next session!
Congratulations!You’re continuing to speak a new language of sound, sight, and message!
Vimeo:• Has a different ―feel‖ than YouTube so may be appropriate for different audiences• Can help foster community, social relationships and networking
• Create an account• Get familiar with the account settings and recommendations• If account is for your organization, do not use a personal email address• Set up a channel!
Photo credits from Flickr/Creative Commons: Derek E-Jay Juan J Sean Davis Suavehouse Marc Van Der Chijs Allaboutgeorge Hicham Souilmi Amie Fedora Gather Your Crowd Juicylucymamma Sgetliffe Thank you!!